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  1. Feast of Fountains Food Truck Festival Season Begins August 10

    KCParks_FeastOfFountains_Logo_4cAfter a successful first season in 2016, the Feast of Fountains Food Truck Festivals are returning! Join KC Parks and local food trucks for Food Truck Festivals to benefit Kansas City’s beautiful fountains. From August-October, we highlight prominent fountains throughout the city, while guests feast on delicious food offerings from KC’s favorite food trucks, enjoy live music from local popular bands, and other fun activities for the whole family. A portion of proceeds goes toward the City of Fountains Foundation to support our city’s flowing treasures.  Thank you to QPS Employment Group for sponsoring the stage at all three events. Mark your calendar now!

    2017 FEAST OF FOUNTAINS SCHEDULE

    Thursday, August 10, 2017
    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    The Northland Fountain in Anita B. Gorman Park
    N Holmes St. at NE Vivion Rd.

    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    The Concourse Fountain in Kessler Park
    Benton Boulevard & St. John Ave.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    4:30-7:30 p.m.
    National World War 1 Museum and Memorial
    Front Lawn, 2 Memorial Drive in Penn Valley Park

  2. Ground Breaking for Native Sons and Daughters of KC Monument

    NSDKC MonumentREV_400pxOn Thursday July 20, a ground breaking for a new monument honoring of The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City, Inc. (NSDKC) was held in Ilus Davis Park. NSDKC is an organization dedicated to the historic preservation of the unique and rich heritage of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, both in Missouri and Kansas, through advocacy, education and restoration. The program featured NSDKC Event Chair Chuck Eddy, NSDKC President  Diane Boos Pepper,  NSDKC Monument Chair Carl DiCapo, KC Parks Director Mark L. McHenry and others.

    The Monument is to be erected on the west side of the 5.2 acre Ilus Davis Park located north of City Hall. Community leaders across the region enthusiastically support this project. The Monument Project Committee, led by NSDKC Past President Carl DiCapo, includes members of NSDKC, representatives from J.E. Dunn Construction Co., and BNIM Architects, Inc.

    The Monument’s design includes the following primary elements:

    • An imposing 16-ft high x five-pointed star-shape tower providing ten exposed faces around its perimeter represents the 10 regional counties which is the NSDKC focus area:
      • Kansas counties (Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson, Miami)
      • Missouri counties (Platte, Clay, Cass, Ray, Jackson, Lafayette)
    • Each of the five points of the tower’s star-shaped design (5’-6” from ‘point-to-point’) represents the primary aspects of the NSDKC mission:
      • Historical Preservation
      • Education
      • Advocacy
      • Charity
      • General welfare of the greater Kansas City region
    • The 16-ft high tower will be constructed of precast concrete units formed in a classic five-pointed star-shape. The tower height reflects the character strengths and virtues embraced by our Greater Kansas City community found within Wisdom and Knowledge; Courage, Humanity, Justice, Temperance, and Transcendence.
    • 10 laser-etched aluminum panels, installed on each face of the five-pointed star tower, are themed with the primary attributes of our community’s heritage, including the early cultures and explorers, western expansion, transportation, agriculture, entrepreneurs, arts and education, science and research, sports, the distinct grandeur of our region, and a tribute to The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City.
    • A landscaped plaza area with inscribed granite paving units feature themes such as recipients of NSDKC’s Outstanding Kansas Citian Award; NSDKC’s Past Presidents; NSDKC preservation projects; and its historical markers program. (note: granite paving units shall be available for sponsorship, similar to the many other ‘sponsored brick programs’ conducted in our region.

    A wayside exhibit will be located adjoining the plaza area describing the features of the Monument, including a description of the Monument’s design elements, recognition of significant project funding donors, and project committee members and sponsors.

    Support the NSDKC Monument>>

  3. Something Rotten! will leave Starlight Theatre Audiences Laughing All the Way Home

    RottenTour_9252The completely original new musical Something Rotten! brings its rib-tickling North American tour to Starlight Theatre for six performances July 25-30.

    A love letter to theatre-goers, this hilarious new Broadway hit is directed and choreographed by Tony® Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony nominee Karey Kirkpatrick, and a book by Tony nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell.

    Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Something Rotten! makes its Kansas City premiere with three principal cast members direct from Broadway: Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Adam Pascal as Shakespeare and Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom. The touring cast also features Maggie Lakis as Bea, Blake Hammond as Nostradamus, Autumn Hurlbert as Portia, Scott Cote as Brother Jeremiah and Jeff Brooks as Shylock. From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In The Heights, the irreverent Something Rotten! tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point! “Something Rotten! says fun from the very start, and, as the show progresses, it only gets livelier,” said Rich Baker, Starlight President and CEO. “The plot is smart; it offers something for everyone, and I think it’s just what audiences need right now. I invite Kansas Citians to come to Starlight, check their worries at the door and get ready to laugh for 2½ hours straight!”

    The show’s award-winning design team of Broadway veterans includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Phil Reno (music direction/conductor), Glen Kelly (arrangements), Larry Hochman (orchestrations) and Steve Bebout (associate director). Something Rotten! is the fifth show of Starlight’s 67th Broadway season and the second of three brand-new musicals that will take the Starlight stage this summer.

    Tickets for Something Rotten! at Starlight Theatre are on sale now for $14 to $152. Tickets are available online at www.kcstarlight.com, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Discount prices for groups of 10 or more are available. For information about group pricing, contact group sales coordinator Camille Sumrall at 816.997.1137 or groups@kcstarlight.com.  For more information about the show, visit http://www.rottenbroadway.com.

    About Starlight Theatre Starlight Theatre, a recent winner of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second-largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts. It also offers extensive community outreach and educational programming, including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the nation.

    Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage.

  4. West Terrace Dog Park Membership Applications Accepted Beginning July 24

    Paperwork finalKC Parks downtown community centers will begin taking membership applications, fees, records and assigning key fobs on July 24. Key fobs will be issued at the Tony Aguirre, Westport Roanoke, Garrison and Gregg/Klice Community Centers during regular business hours.

    Everyone is invited to attend the park’s grand opening on Saturday, July 29. Membership is not required for this event.

    Grand Opening & Yappy Hour
    Saturday, July 29, 2017
    4-6 p.m.
    West Terrace Park, 750 Pennsylvania Ave.

    West Terrace Dog Park webpage>>

  5. Neighborhood Residents Learn to Conserve Sculptures

    HippocratesOn Saturday, July 29, volunteers from Adopt A Monument, including a conservator from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art joined Romanelli West Homes Association residents to clean two marble figures — Hippocrates and Diana the Roman Goddess of Hunting– at 68th Terrace on the west side of Ward Parkway. View Photo Album>>

    Adopt A Monument is an offshoot of the Save Outdoor Sculpture project (SOS). In the early 1990s, SOS, which was funded by three national arts organizations, provided grants to enable organizations and individuals in all 50 states to document outdoor public art. The surveys and photographs compiled due to these endeavors were then entered in the Smithsonian Art Inventory database in Washington, D.C.  In 1994, with further funding in question, SOS advised grant recipients to begin their own grass roots efforts.

    The following year, Adopt A Monument was created by the Historic Kansas City Foundation. In its early days, Adopt A Monument received a major gift from the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation and additional funding by the William T. Kemper Foundation. Today, it is part of the City of Fountains Foundation, which was founded in 1973 by Peggy and Harold Rice. Not only does Adopt A Monument provide training to organizations that are responsible for the maintenance of public art and fountains, it also is involved in fundraising, conservation and lobbying activities.

    DianaThe weather in Kansas City, with its extremes of hot and cold temperatures, can be very damaging to outdoor artwork. The best cleaning methods are complicated. Soap and water aren’t enough, and the wrong treatment can be harmful. When sculptures and fountains are properly maintained, it shows that the city and its neighborhoods take pride in public art. Please call the City of Fountains Foundation office at 816-842- 2299 to learn more – or to schedule a class.

  6. An American in Paris will Enchant Starlight Audiences July 11-16

    An American in Paris, the most-awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony® Awards, will make its Kansas City debut at Starlight Theatre on July 11-16. The national touring production is the fourth show of Starlight’s 67th Broadway season and one of three brand-new musicals taking the Starlight stage this summer.

    Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, An American in Paris is the romantic story of an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon, the musical features the music and lyrics of brothers George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Craig Lucas.

    In a post-World War II Paris, American soldier Jerry Mulligan is awestruck by the beautiful ballerina Lise, triggering his decision to stay in the city and explore his passion for painting. From that magical moment, Jerry becomes engulfed in a whirlwind of new experiences, friendships and romances.

    “Between the old-fashioned Parisian charm and the modern reimagining of a classic film onstage, An American in Paris provides audiences with the best of both worlds,” said Rich Baker, Starlight President and CEO. “Young or old, musical buff or not, everyone will find something to love in this show.”

    The lead roles of Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin are played by McGee Maddox (National Ballet of Canada) and Sara Esty (Miami City Ballet). Joining them in the principal cast are Etai Benson (Wicked) as Adam Hochberg, Emily Ferranti (Wicked, Dreamgirls) as Milo Davenport, Gayton Scott (Gypsy, The Women) as Madame Baurel, and Nick Spangler (The Book of Mormon, Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella) as Henri Baurel.

    The score of An American in Paris features many beloved songs, including “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “’S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “Second Prelude,” “Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture” and “An American in Paris.”

    An American in Paris opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in April 2015 after its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The New York production closed in October 2016 after playing more than 600 performances.  A West End production of An American in Paris opened in March 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.

    An American in Paris won four 2015 Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics

    Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and two Theatre World Awards. The musical was included on the Year’s Best lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, the Associated

    Press, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Masterworks Broadway Original Broadway Cast recording of An American in Paris was nominated for the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award.

    Tickets for An American in Paris at Starlight Theatre are on sale now for $14 to $142. Tickets are available online at www.kcstarlight.com, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132. All performances begin at 8 p.m.

    Discount prices for groups of 10 or more are available. For information about group pricing, contact group sales coordinator Camille Sumrall at 816.997.1137 or groups@kcstarlight.com.

    For more information about the show, visit www.AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com.

    About Starlight Theatre
    Starlight Theatre, a recent winner of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second-largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts. It also offers extensive community outreach and educational programming, including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the nation. Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage. For more information, visit www.kcstarlight.com.